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they that shall be found worthy to hear that comfortable sentence! What unspeakable satisfaction, what torrents of joy and pleasure will the hearing of it give to those blesseú creatures ! I am filled with joy, says the royal prophet, at the happy iidings which I have heard, we are to enter into the honse of the Lord , Ps. cxxi. But', O! what envy, what rage and malice will the reprobate feel at the hearing of this invitation, when they shall see several of their acquaintance called to take possession of that eternal king. dom, which they might also have so easily purchased, had not their own folly and stupidity*klindly exchanged it for the flames of hell.

Consider, secondly, and ponder as leisure upon this happy sentence: Corne, says the Judge, ye, blessed of any Father , &c. Coine from the vale of tears, where for a little while you have been tried and afflicted by the appointment of my providence, to the kingdom of never ending joy ; where grief and sorrow will exist no more, come from the place of banishment, where for a time you leave sighed and groaned

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at a distance from your heavenly country, to your everlasting home where you shalt meet with all that your heart can desire to complete yout happiness ; where you shall be for ever inebriated with the plenty of iny house, and drink for ever at the fountain of life. Arise, my beloved, the winter is now past,

the floods and storms are over, arise and come. O universal and eternal blessing ! How my poor Souł contemns all other happiress , in hopes of having a share one day in this blessed sentence !

Consider, thirdly, how the great Jadge after having invited the just to his glorious kingdom, turning himself towards the wicked on his left hand, with fire in his eyes and terror in his countenance, shalt thunder out against then the dreadful sentence of their eternal doom in these words : Go from me you cursed into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels. Christian souls, weigh' well every word of this dismal sentence. Go for ever fron me', and from the joys of my kingdor : O rerrible excommunication ! cruel divorce ! O

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eternal banishment! Who can express, who can conceive, what it is to be for ever separated from our God, our first beginring and last end , our great and sovereign good! Ah! wretches who make so little account now of losing your God by mortal sin , what will you then think , when you shall be sentenced to this eternal banishment from him; doomed to seek him for all eternity, and yet never to meet him in any of his attributes , except his avenging justice, the weight of which you must feel for ever But take notice whither you are to go when you go from God. Alas ! into everlasting fire , there to lead an ever dying life, there to endure a never-ending death, 'n the company of the devil and his ana gels; to whoin you made yourselves slaves, and who shall now without controul exercise their tyranny over you for ever.

Consider, fourthly , that dreadful and universal curse which this just , but dismal'sentence involves, Go from me, ye cursed, says the sovereign Judge : as if he should say, Go , depart from ms, but take my curse with you. I

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would have given you my blessing, but you would not have it ; a curse you have chosen, and a curse shall be your everlasting inheritance It shall stick close to you,

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see the leasc glimpse of comfortable light : a curse upon your eors, to be entertained for all eternity with the frightful shrieks and groans of the damned : a curse 011 your taste, to be for ever einbittered with the gall of dragons : a curse on your smell, to be always tormented with the noisome stench of the pit of hell : a curse on your feeling, and on all the members of your body, to burn and never consume in that fire which shall never be cuenched : a curse upon your understanding, never to be illustrated with any ray of truth : a curse upon your memory, to be always revolving in bitterness upon a late but fruitless repentance, the shortness and vanity of past pleasures : a curse uron your imagination, ever representing, present and future miseries : a cuise,

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upon your will,obstinate in evil,torn in pieces with a thousand violent , and, withal, opposite desires, and unable to accomplish any of them: a curse, in fine, upon your whole sout, to be a hell to itself for all eternity! Good God ! let it never be our misfortune to incur this dreadful curse ! Consider, fifthly, how,

after sena tence given, the elect shall enter withque delay into the possession of that everlasting kingdom, which God has prepared for those that serve him where sorrow can have no place, and joy no end. But as for the wicked, the earth shall immediately spen and awallow them all down at once, with the devils who seduced them, into the bottomless pit; and the gate shall be shut , never ,

no nevar, more to be opened. Behold the end of all worldly pride : behold the end of all carnal pleasure, O! how horrid a thing it in to fall into the hands of the living God Hob.

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